I used the bird paintings of John James Audubon for some fun gift tags this year. If you would like to learn more about the artist, PBS produced an amazing documentary on his life in their American Masters series (you can read about it here). I used a gigantic book of Audubon prints that I found in the bargain section of my local bookstore to make gift tags. You can use artwork from any book–or even magazine–of your choice. See the steps below:
Select artwork that appeals to you and fits into your theme for gift wrap. If you choose to use Audubon birds, many varieties will work–not just cardinals. Blue birds, quails, and many other subjects would look great with some gold ribbon on brown gift wrap.
Cut the art away from the page, but do not cut out the entire outline yet.
Adhere the art to cardstock using an archival glue stick.
Cut around the outline of the artwork using small scissors.
Thread a needle with gold thread. Insert the needle and thread through the art. Use the thread to secure the artwork to a bow with a couple of small knots. Trim the edges, and you’re done!
To see my post on using seashell art for stationery gifts click here!